Orlando,Fla.— November 27, 2012. NAMII, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, awarded on August 16, 2012, and driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), proudly announced today at the Defense Manufacturing Conference (DMC) 2012 its first call for applied research projects.
“Today marks a momentous milestone for NAMII, one that is just as significant as the original award establishing NAMII,” said Ralph Resnick, NCDMM President and Executive Director and Acting Director for NAMII. “We are proud to make this announcement here at DMC 2012. In making this initial competitive call for projects, we are taking a decisive step toward accelerating more additive manufacturing technologies and innovation to the manufacturing sector. Projects undertaken by NAMII will be based on their applied research, high sustainability, digital data, and viability of educational outreach and workforce training. We look forward to an influx of project submittals.”
The NAMII Project Call Request for Proposal (RFP) is limited to three technical topic areas. Proposals can address one or more technical topic areas, but must address all evaluation criteria.
- Materials Understanding and Performance: Understanding material properties and characteristics to enable expected performance are key to the wide-scale industry adoption of additive manufacturing. Specific focus areas include development of materials database design for capturing broad sets of test results; design-allowable properties for materials; data access and sharing platform; methods to manage materials variability; and identification of material requirements and gap analysis. All efforts should focus on expediting the transition and qualification of materials and material systems for additive manufacturing to establish a seamless path from materials requirements to process capability.
- Qualification and Certification: Testing, qualification, and certification methods and systems that enable the rapid deployment of additive manufacturing products are critical to additive manufacturing adoption. Specific focus areas include methods for rapid qualification and certification; innovative technology approach to qualification and certification; leveraging of modeling and simulation; quantification of process variability; identification of variability reduction to increase reliability, process optimization, and rate increases; and certification of suppliers. All efforts should focus on elimination of barriers and reduction of time to market related to qualification and certification of products.
- Process Capability and Characterization/Process Control: A comprehensive understanding of the relationship between process parameters and the resulting product will advance additive manufacturing processes to deliver this breakthrough technology. Specific focus areas include process repeatability and throughput improvement; development of algorithms for modeling expected outcomes; improved part quality; and in-situ adaptive control systems. All efforts should focus on process improvements to encourage adoption of additive manufacturing technology.
The NAMII Project RFP process is open to all organizations as long as they are partnered with a NAMII member and the NAMII member submits the proposal on behalf of that project partnership/collaboration.
An e-mail confirmation of a proposer’s intent to respond to this RFP is requested by December 21, 2012.
All proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on January 31, 2013. Submissions must be presented by e-mail to the technical contact listed below with “NAMII Project Proposal” as the Subject line. E-mail submissions to:
Gary Fleegle Vice President and Chief Operating Officer National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining Gary.Fleegle@ncdmm.org
For more information on the call for projects, including the RFP, please visit the NAMII Web site at www.namii.org.
NAMII is a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, and workforce development resources all collaborating with a singular, shared vision to transition additive manufacturing technology to the mainstream U.S. manufacturing sector. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, NAMII is the pilot institute for the newly established National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). NAMII is managed by the NationalCenterfor Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For additional information, visit www.namii.org.
The NCDMM delivers optimized manufacturing solutions that enhance the quality, affordability, maintainability, and rapid deployment of existing and yet-to-be developed defense systems. This is accomplished through collaboration with government, industry, and academic organizations to promote the implementation of best practices to key stakeholders through the development and delivery of disciplined training, advanced technologies, and methodologies. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at www.ncdmm.org.
The Defense Manufacturing Conference (DMC) is the premier defense manufacturing and industrial base conference in the country. DMC offers unparalleled general sessions and a unique and diverse forum for featured presenters from senior leaders in manufacturing and high-level stakeholders, including the Executive and Legislative Branches of government. This year, DMC 2012 has approximately 220 exhibitors and is anticipating more than 1,000 attendees from the Department of Defense (DoD), services, large and small businesses, contractors, civilian agencies, and academia. For more information, visit www.dmc2012.com.